A prosecutor says a woman accused of sending texts encouraging her boyfriend, 18, to kill himself used him ‘as a pawn in her sick game’.
Michelle Carter is charged in the 2014 death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy III who was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his pickup truck in Fairhaven in July 2014.
Prosecutors say that the 20-year-old had persuaded Roy to kill himself in calculated a bid to get ‘attention’ as the grieving girlfriend.
‘She used Conrad as a pawn in her sick game of life and death,’ said prosecutor Maryclare Flynn.
They added that on July 10, two days before his suicide, she had carried out a ‘dry run’.
‘She knew her plan to get attention would work because she pre-tested it,’ they said.
‘Two days before Conrad committed suicide, she did a dry run, texting several girls that Conrad had gone missing while simultaneously testing Conrad, telling him to get the gas machine.’
The court heard that Carter sent 40 text messages to Roy urging him to kill himself before he finally took his own life.
‘She put him in the car that night,’ Flynn added.
Carter, who appeared in court in a salmon pink jacket on Tuesday, had then played the grieving girlfriend, even organizing a baseball tournament in his memory – but hosted it in Plainville – her hometown not Roy’s, the court heard.
Roy’s best friend Thomas Gammell asked her to move the memorial game but she had refused.
Texts they exchanged about the game revealed she wanted to ensure she got credit for the baseball tournament
‘Ok awesome thank you! You’re not taking credit for my idea, right?’ she text him.
Defense attorney Joseph Cataldo said Roy previously was suicidal and Carter had talked him out of taking his life.
He said today that Roy was seriously depressed over the divorce of his parents and a victim of physical abuse by a relative who was on a ‘path to take his own life for years’.
He added that Carter was not responsible for his death.
‘This is a suicide case,’ he said, ‘not a not a homicide.